3 x 3 x 15 inches
Bottom Feeder is a series of altered bookwork that transforms a codex, a book bound on one side, into sculpture. In my artwork, the original book is, Charlton Laird’s, The Word: A Fresh and Engaging Look at How Words Enter and Leave Our Language. Using a band saw I cut narrow semi-circles from the original book and adhere the ends. They’re reconfigured into what appears to be the shape of two water species, a combination of Plecostomus and Mollusks. Thin strands are cut from the text block on a guillotine and appear to be like thousands of tentacles inserted into one end of the fictitious species. Metaphorically, these bottom-feeders suck up lost, forgotten, and unspoken words we wish or wanted to express.